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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Aug. 10

Three new providers join Essentia Health

FARGO, N.D. – An anesthesiologist, an elder-care physician and an oral surgeon have joined Essentia Health in the Fargo region.

  • Dr. Kirk Stevens, an anesthesiologist, has joined Essentia Health-Fargo in Fargo.

Stevens earned a medical degree from the University of South Florida – Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Fla. He completed a residency in family medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, N.Y., and a residency in anesthesiology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

He also completed a fellowship in Pain and Palliative Care at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Stevens is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in family medicine.

  • Dr. Meenakshi Punj had joined the Elder Care Department at the Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes Clinic in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Punj earned a medical degree from American University of Antigua in Osbourn, Antigua. She completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, N.Y., and a fellowship in geriatrics at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

She’s certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine.

  • Dr. Corbett Haas, an oral surgeon, has joined the Essentia Health-32nd Avenue Clinic in Fargo.

Haas earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


Seven new providers join Sanford Health

FARGO, N.D. – Seven new providers recently joined the Sanford Health Fargo region team.

  •  Kristina Gresh, a nurse practitioer, received her graduate degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

She specializes in family medicine at Sanford North Fargo Clinic in Fargo.

  •  Dr. Amit Kaushal received his medical degree from Government Medical College Nagpur University in India. He specializes in internal medicine as a hospitalist at Sanford Broadway Medical Center in Fargo.
  • Dr. Mohammed Khan Suheb received his medical degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Kamataka in India. He specializes in internal medicine as a hospitalist at Sanford Broadway Medical Center in Fargo.
  • Dr. Darshan Khangura received his medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine in the Dutch Caribbean. He is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

He specializes in endocrinology at Sanford Southpointe Clinic in Fargo.

  • Dr. Dileep Kumar received his medical degree from Chandka Medical College Larkana in Pakistan. He specializes in internal medicine as a hospitalist at Sanford Broadway Medical Center in Fargo.
  • Breana Ritchie, a nurse practioner, received her graduate degree from University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

She specializes in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Fargo.

  • Laura Rupp, a nurse practitioner, received her graduate degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

She specializes in family medicine at Sanford Southpointe Clinic in Fargo.


ND Petroleum Council hires Hamman as communications director

BISMARCK, N.D. – Kristen Hamman has joined the he North Dakota Petroleum Council as director of communications.

In this position, Hamman will manage and implement NDPC’s communications strategy and serve as the organization’s media contact.

Hamman has 14 years of experience working for Congress.  She spent 10 years working for the U.S. House, focusing on energy and natural resources policy.  Most recently, she served as regional director for Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., in his Bismarck office.

Hamman holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.


State Sen. Judy Lee named 2018 Legacy Leader

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber has named State Sen. Judy Lee, R-West Fargo, the recipient of the 2018 Legacy Leader Award.

The award recognizes long-time leaders’ key contributions in both shaping and serving The Chamber, metropolitan community and region, the Chamber declared.

Lee was selected based on her involvement in North Dakota’s public policy and commitment to serving her district. She has also served several terms on The Chamber’s board of directors and has been an active participant on various Chamber committees.

Lee was first elected to the North Dakota Senate in 1994. Before being elected senator, she served 12 years on the West Fargo Planning and Zoning Commission.

Lee grew up in Grafton, N.D., and is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a degree in medical technology. After 10 years of work in hospital and clinic labs, she began a 34-year career in real estate and has continued to be active on community boards and committees.

Lee will be honored at The Chamber’s Eighth Annual Meeting on Sept. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Fargo.


UND events coordinator Botsford retires after 39 years

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Dawn Botsford, UND events coordinator, is retiring Aug. 15 after 39 years of service.

Botsford and Fred Wittmann, director of ceremonies and university events, have coordinated 104 commencement ceremonies – up to eight each year, along with a 125th anniversary celebration, presidential inaugurations and more, UND reported.

They’ve worked on annual events such as Founders Day, Wake Up to UND and Feast of Nations. They’ve planned events on campus, across the state, across the country and as far away as Prague, in the Czech Republic.

Originally from Northwood, N.D., Botsford earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UND and began working for the university in 1979 as a conference coordinator. She and Wittmann developed the office of ceremonies and university events 17 years ago.

In 2013, the UND Alumni Association & Foundation presented Botsford with its Spirit Award, which is given to those with uncommon dedication to the University and its students.


Starion’s Heydt graduates from banking school

BISMARCK, N.D. – Steve Heydt, retail banking, vice president, at Starion Bank in Bismarck recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

The 25-month program provides management and leadership training for community banking professionals. Students complete training that focuses on the areas of general management, technology, lending, leadership, human resource management and financial management in banks.

Requirements for graduation include examinations, research projects and participation in a bank management simulation course.

Heydt joined Starion Bank in 2004 as a retail manager for Bismarck-Mandan. He is active in a variety of community organizations including the Bis-Man Transit Board, AID Inc. and the Salvation Army.


Myers begins interim deanship at UND School of Law

GRAND FORKS, N.D. --  Brad Myers assumed the interim deanship at the University of North Dakota School of Law on Aug. 1. He will serve in that capacity until a new permanent dean has been named.

Myers is taking over for Kathryn Rand, who served as dean since 2009 and stepped down to return to the law school faculty.

Myers has been with UND Law since 2001 and carries a full load of teaching trusts and estates, tax, and business and estate planning. He earned bachelor's and master’s degrees in kinesiology from University of California Los Angeles, his law degree from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in taxation from New York University.

He practiced law at private firms before joining the UND faculty. Myers was appointed by Gov. John Hoeven and reappointed by Gov. Doug Burgum to serve as one of North Dakota’s commissioners to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.


NDSU's Hellevang Named Professional Engineer of the Year

FARGO, N.D. – The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has recognized Ken Hellevang, a professor in North Dakota State University's Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, with the Professional Engineering Institute's Professional Engineer of the Year Award for 2018.

Hellevang, also an NDSU Extension agricultural engineer, received the award during the society's annual international meeting in Detroit, Mich.

The professional society, which has 8,000 members from more than 100 countries, recognizes one licensed engineer annually.

The society honored Hellevang for his application of engineering principles to crop postharvest engineering, energy efficiency, building moisture and mold problems, and restoration of flooded buildings.

At NDSU, Hellevang is Extension's resource person for mold topics and structural flooding. He has developed videos and other resources for NDSU Extension's flood website.

He also has written publications on home moisture and indoor-air quality issues; these publications are distributed by universities and industry.

He also is the author of the national Extension Disaster Education Network's mold section.

Hellevang has authored or coauthored more than 220 technical publications. He was the lead author of the Midwest Plan Service's "Dry Grain Aeration Systems Design Handbook" and co-author of the "Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook" and "House Handbook."


SDSU Foundation hires Van Ede, Christianson

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota State University Foundation has added two full-time team members.

  • Darcie Van Ede is the executive assistant to the vice president for development.

Van Ede joined the SDSU Foundation in early July. Previously, she served in a senior account manager role at Discovery Benefits and was a part of Daktronics for more than 10 years serving in a variety of roles.

Ede holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from the University of Sioux Falls.

  • Sherri Christianson joins the foundation as the development administrative coordinator. Christianson, a 1996 SDSU graduate, was an elementary special education teacher in the Brookings School District for 13 years.